MAJOR HISTORY: Paul McCartney to play Rexall Place in November

Edmonton never got the Beatles – but at least we can get the cutest Beatle 50 years later. He’s still cute, too.

As many had already guessed, Paul McCartney is the “major historical concert event” that was announced on Friday. For his first-ever appearance in Edmonton, he’ll perform on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Rexall Place. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 14, ranging from $37 to $274. Details were released prematurely on Ticketmaster’s website Friday morning.

It’s hardly worth listing Sir Paul’s many accomplishments, save to remind youngsters that, yes, he was in another band before Wings. And if you say, “What the heck is Wings?” just never mind. Rihanna goes on sale next week, too.

The 70-year-old bass-playing Beatle is on a long world tour he calls “On the Run” – a nod to the successful 1973 Wings LP “Band on the Run” – featuring one long trip down memory lane with both solo material and Beatles hits; his latest album is called “Kisses on the Bottom,” a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook. Yes, the Beatles, among many other British rock legends, would not be where they are today without the legacy of American music, particularly blues and early rock ‘n’ roll. Of course the Beatles took it to places far beyond what could’ve been imagined.